The Golden Land
11 days / 10 night(s) from $3,050 per person twin share
Pandaw river expeditions
The Pandaw ships originate from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, which had a fleet of over 650 steamers, all destroyed in 1942 during World War II. The first Pandaw ship, a restored steamer, was revived in 1995. With over 16 years’ experience in cruising, Pandaw is the largest river cruise company in Asia, with 10 luxury ships all designed as replicas of the colonial river steamers. Pandaw offers its passengers an adventurous experience with daily shore excursions and immense comfort on board through fine dining and outstanding service.
The Pandaw II, Katha Pandaw and Sagaing Pandaw are used on The Golden Land. The Pandaw II, Katha Pandaw and Sagaing Pandaw can take from 32 to 60 passengers, with a ratio of one staff member to every two guests.
One of the best ways to see Myanmar is to travel along the Irrawaddy River in the comfort of a Pandaw ship. The river flows from the north to the south of Myanmar, ending in the Andaman Sea. It is the lifeline of the country, forming a system of transportation, irrigation and rich fishing grounds. Along the river you will witness life away from the main tourist track, giving you an insight to the lives of the local people.
PANDAW STATE ROOM
One of the prime features of the Pandaw ships are the state rooms, which are the same on board each ship. The main and upper decks feature very spacious 15.6sq m cabins, all with private facilities. All cabins have air conditioning, a mini safe, storage space for your luggage, a wardrobe, writing desk and amenities such as a hairdryer and slippers. The cabins do not have minibars, internet, TVs or phones. All main and upper deck cabins have their own deck space outside the cabin.
BAR AND DINING
The Pandaw ships offer a great choice of local cuisine with breakfast served as buffet-style and lunch and dinner served a la carte (your choice from a set menu). Water is provided with all meals as well as complimentary local soft drinks, beers and some spirits, depending on availability. Tea and coffee is also complimentary and available from 6am throughout the day on the Sun Deck. Local mineral water is provided daily in your cabin.
EXCURSIONS AND DAILY SCHEDULES
Pandaw offers daily group excursions ashore to visit the main sites and cultural attractions of the area, as well as remote villages and communities along the way. Your itinerary will list the main stops of your river expedition, however, these depend on the river conditions and other local factors. A detailed daily schedule will be posted on the ship’s notice board. When the ship is moored, passengers are welcome to come and go as they wish.
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: DEPART MANDALAY
Embark the Pandaw cruise ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty in Mandalay this morning and begin your cruise upstream, mooring at a jungle village overnight. (D)
DAY 2: MANDALAY – POTTERY VILLAGE & MINGUN
Visit the pottery village of Ngwe Nyein this morning, where hundreds of pots are made each day. Later, travel to the town of Mingun to see the largest bell in the world followed by the unfinished Mantara Pagoda. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: MANDALAY, AVA & AMARAPURA
Explore the city of Mandalay including the Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, and the Shwe-inbin teak carved monastery. Afterwards, discover the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura. Here you will visit the teak wood monastery of Bagaya Kyaung and walk along U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: YANDABO POTTERY VILLAGE
Visit the small village of Yandabo, which specialises in pottery-making. You will then visit the Pandaw School developed by the donations of Pandaw passengers. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: BAGAN
Tour the ancient city of Bagan, formerly known as Pagan, to see a selection of the 3,000 temples and pagodas found here. You will also have the opportunity to visit a number of local lacquer ware workshops. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: BAGAN – TANT KYI TAUNG & SALÉ
Walk to the top of Tan Kyi Taung Mountain to view the sunrise (optional WWII jeep to the top available). In Salé you will see the Yout-saunkyaung and explore an area of colonial-style houses. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: TAUNG BA LU SCHOOL
Depending on river conditions, visit the Taung Ba Lu School, sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw. Climb the river bank and wander through passages to reach the Mya Thalon Pagoda in Magwe. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: MINHLA & GWECHAUNG FORTS
Visit the Italian built forts of Minhla and Gwechaung, constructed to keep the British at bay. Climb to the top of Gwechaung to appreciate the view. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: THAYETMYO
View the colonial-style houses of Thayetmyo. Explore the local market and take a horsedrawn cart ride to see the countryside. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: PYAY (PROME)
Visit the former centre of the Pyu civilisation known as Thiri Ya Kittiya, an archaeological site, and view the Buddhist artefacts and sculptures at the museum. (B,L,D)
DAY 11: PYAY (PROME) TO YANGON
Disembark in Prome and transfer to Yangon where your arrangements end. (B)
Note: Please provide your arrival and departure fl ight details to our Reservations Department.
Payment: A deposit of 20% of total tour cost is required.
Itinerary: This itinerary is an indication only and subject to change at Pandaw’s discretion and due to water levels, according to the time of year and rainfall. A daily programme for the following day will be posted on the ships notice board each day.